The Mayor of Southwark
Profile of the Mayor
Mayor Michael Situ
Councillor Michael Situ, the Mayor of Southwark, was born in Nigeria and immigrated to join his parents and siblings in the late 90s. Michael spent his childhood in Peckham during the regeneration of the North Peckham Estate and the changes to the area during the late 90s and 00s. He was first elected as a Councillor in 2010.
He has a compassionate nature and over the last 12 years as a Councillor in Southwark, he has steered improvements to youth facilities, championed greener modes of transport and introduced a multi-agency-focused approach to addressing domestic abuse.
As Deputy Mayor of Southwark, he leads the Southwark’s partnership work with twinned local authorities in France and Germany which is giving residents, particularly young people opportunities to experience different cultures and experiences.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys adventurous activities. Over the years he has run the London Marathon, cycled to Paris and completed mounts Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro.
Cllr Situ has expressed a wish to support the following charity groups for this municipal year:
Salem Academy of Music (SAM) is one of the UK’s leading music academies with a long-standing and reputation for providing the highest quality training to young people and interested adults. We offer intensive practical training where all our trainees receive a minimum of two hours of teaching each week for 37 weeks in the year. Classes are small and students enjoy regular attention from the tutors.
We help people held back by poverty, exploited, abused, dealing with addiction or mental health problems, caught up in crime or a combination of these issues and others. We show people there is a way to build a better future – for themselves and those they care about – and help them create this through support, advice and training.
We have a catering trailer that provides students with the ability to enter the catering business whilst providing entrepreneurial skills and assisting in community functions with events on a non-profit basis. We have obtained an independent community café. This café provides the first step for qualified students to enter the commercial catering industry increasing their CV status and getting valuable work experience skills in all areas required to run a business including cooking, cash flows, bookkeeping, purchasing, customer service skills, barista skills and much more.
In his acceptance speech, the Mayor stated his desire to concentrate on community engagement. He's looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead and will work hard to raise awareness and support for the charities appeal this year.
The Mayor announced Mrs Itunu Ajeigbe, as his Mayoress for the year. Councillor Naima Ali was appointed as the Deputy Mayor.
Page last updated: 01 December 2023